Brisbane Trail Ultra, Qld
Salming Bibra Lake RunningWorks Ultra, WA
Brisbane Trail Ultra
Two great events were held across the weekend from one end of the country to the other.
Saturday (July 6) saw the inaugural Brisbane Trail Ultra held in Qld with options of 100mi, 110km, 60km and 30km races.
In the 100mi event the podium finishes went to 1st Male Kieran O’Brien (20:49:43), AURA’s own Ewan Horsburgh from St Ives Chase, NSW with a grand time of 20:57:48 for 2nd Male, and Matthew Crehan who took 3rd Male with 21:44:39.
AURA’s Lisa Hurring from Central Qld took control of the women’s race and landed herself 1st Female with a time of 27:45:31.
Second Female went to Jenny Morris (29:50:11) whilst no other ladies completed the distance, however they were all stellar efforts by all those who started at the sound of the gun.
Congratulations goes to AURA member Matthew Salinovich who finished the 100mi, and crossed the finish line in a time of 27:17:53.
In the 110km event, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Females were all won by AURA members – Kellie Emmerson from Kilsyth, Vic who crossed the finish 11:57:37, Jessica Schluter from Keperra, Qld (14:15:43), and Hannah Mcrae from NSW (14:59:19).
1st, 2nd and 3rd Male spots went to AURA member Vlad Shatrov from Kahibah, NSW (11:18:27) who truly dominated the field, Garry Marwood (12:10:13) and Daniel Lucas (13:16:59) respectively.
Big high fives to all those AURA members who ran in the 110km event including Laurie Laine 15:49:47), David Campbell (16:57:23), Amanda Meggison (17:11:48) and Steven Marton (18:06:49).
Onto the 60km event and in the women it was AURA’S Stephanie Auston from Merimbula, NSW who took 1st after a finish of 6:04:58.
Carol Robertson held on to 2nd Female (7:03:27) while AURA member Kazu Kuwata from Adelaide, SA claimed 3rd (8:00:00).
Male standings finished with Sam Burridge in 1st with 5:58:02, David Longo in 2nd (7:03:35), and Reece Evans in 3rd (7:11:38).
Congratulations to all AURA members who ran in the 60km including Jodie Oborne (8:32:39), Glenda Banaghan (9:18:17) and Atsushi Ogai (10:18:00).
Full results of the Brisbane Trail Ultra can be found here.
Salming Bibra Lake RunningWorks Ultra
Sunday (July 7) saw the running of the third Salming Bibra Lake RunningWorks Ultra in Bibra Lake, WA where participants raced in two new distances introduced this year – the 50km and marathon, on top of the already organised half marathon and 12km events.
Brett Johnson claimed 1st Male in the 50km with a time of 3:25:42 while Jason Keenehan took out 2nd Male with 3:44:50 and Isaac Thyer took 3rd Male in 3:57:22.
AURA ultra runner Margaret Hadley from Henley Brook took top honours for the women’s 50km on the back of an injury.
She finished her race 1st Female in 4:11:26.
Hadley said she felt good, claiming it wasn’t her best performance but the event itself was fun and she enjoyed every minute of it.
“Even though it didn’t go quite how I wanted, I was using the 50km as a training race, and going in injured I knew it wasn’t going to be a fast race,” she said.
“Fitness wise I was surprised, I felt really good because I had nearly four weeks off, and thought it wasn’t going to be great.
“At about 32km my injury really started to play up, and was going to pull out but then I kept going with a walk-run strategy.
“In the end, it wasn’t an ideal run but it turned out to be a lot of fun, and I loved it; it’s such a great event.”
Second Female went to Sandra Wharerau (5:02:16) and Third Female was secured by Tina Milambo (5:12:36).
Congratulations to AURA’s Bob Colligan who ran his 50km in 5:00:49.
Full results of the Salming Bibra Lake RunningWorks Ultra can be found here.
The next AURA-listed events on the calendar include Three Marathons in Three Days on July 12 in Kuranda, Qld (three-day stage race totalling 126.60km), the Adelaide 6/12/24 Hour in Adelaide, SA starting July 13, and the Elephant Trail Race on July 19 in Port Macquarie, NSW (160km, 108km and 54km).
Pictured: Margie Hadley taking out 1st Female at the Salming Bibra Lake RunningWorks Ultra on Sunday. Photograph – Lisa Shand.